Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera De Montreal

Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera De Montreal

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On Sept. 16. Opera de Montreal opened its 17/18 season with a new production of Puccini's Tosca.

The clear star of opening night was soprano Melody Moore-Wagner in the title role, who rose above her colleagues. Endowed with a true spinto voice, she managed to seduce with her beautiful timbre and riveting stage presence--her interpretation was both moving and convincing. Without resorting to the histrionics all too common in this role, she conveyed Toscas pride, passion and fragility with aplomb. She delivered Act II's "Vissi d'arte" movingly, exuding the humility that a prayer should have, and her phrasing of'Muori dannato" while stabbing Scarpia at the end of Act II was bloodcurdling.

Tenor Giancarlo Monsalve had strong stage presence as Cavaradossi; however, the timbre of his voice was coarse in the upper register. "Vittoria, vittoria" in his Act II scene with Scarpia and Tosca was anything but victorious, although Act Ill's "E lucevan le stelle" was well performed. …

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